James Danderfer

(Saturday) Morning News Post

Why the Clarinet?

May 21, 2016

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Readers, not to toot my horn but I’ve given some interviews in my day. What can I say? People want to know what makes Danderfer tick. And for some reason, one of the questions I almost always get is: Why the clarinet? The obvious answer is of course “Why NOT the clarinet? It’s just plain awesome.” But of course, that’s not enough so I usually go into more detail. I’ve told the story many times but never here on the SMNP. So let’s make it official!

Imagine a 10-year-old James Danderfer. I know. Adorable, right? (In fact, more…

JAZZ & THE SERVICE INDUSTRY: LESSONS FROM A 2-YEAR STEADY JAZZ GIG

May 7, 2016

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Readers, a regular weekly jazz gig is a rare thing these days and to have one that lasts for over two years (and counting)? Even more so.

But if you live in Vancouver you can witness this rare and beautiful thing at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar every Saturday night from 9-12. Yours truly will be there with my band, giving a solid 120%, 110%, 97%! Okay, maybe 100% but only if somebody buys me a fancy drink.

So why are regular gigs like this so rare? And how did this jazz clarinetist end up here?

To answer the first question: The cost. Having a live band is, well… more…

JD CROSS BORDER QUINTET WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR: IN REVIEW

April 23, 2016

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!.

Readers, I’m still reeling from my Cross Borders Jazz Quintet tour of Western Canada last week. Wow!

Overall, such a great experience. The audiences, the venues, and the musicians… all fantastic.

First, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out to hear us play and to the people who made it all possible at Jazz Yukon, Frankie’s, Streaming Cafe, BC Interior Jazz Fest, The Yardbird Suite, and The Bassment. It was so nice to connect with the community of people who support this music with their time, energy and passion, thus allowing musicians to more…

NEW ALBUM w/ STEVE NELSON, JOHN STETCH, VICENTE ARCHER and QUINCY DAVIS. WESTERN CANADA TOUR IN APRIL

March 5, 2016

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Readers, it’s been a busy few months. Concerts, recording in NYC, film production, film scoring, etc., awesome, awesome, awesome, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.

Let’s be real here. You’ve all been waiting for new recorded Danderfer for wayyy too long. You’re tired, lonely, and nearly at the point of giving up hope. I get it.

More Danderfer is on the way though and stat! Let me tell you about it…

The album is called Time and Tide, recorded at the renown Systems Two studio in Brooklyn, NY and featuring the even more renown musicians Steve Nelson (vibraphone), John Stetch (piano), Vicente Archer (bass) and my old Western Michigan roomie Quincy Davis (drums). more…

I WRITE BIG BAND MUSIC

August 21, 2015

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Clarinetists leading big bands. Who knows how it started? Who knows why it ended? And who cares?! The point is it’s a thing. Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, and then…? It seems clear that the world has been waiting for it’s next clarinetist run big band.

Well HELLO world! You can stop waiting and start writing this date in your calendar:

James Danderfer’s HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE: SUNDAY AFTERNOON BIG BAND AND BEERS
September 13, 2 – 4:30pm, (doors open at 1:30)
At St James Community Square (3214 W 10th Ave)
Tickets are only $15 ($12 for students) and kids under 5 are FREE.
Click HERE to purchase your tickets online.

That’s right. We’re building more…

Some great examples of 2nd Line drumming

July 24, 2015

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Readers, I may not be the expert when it comes to New Orleans 2nd line grooves but I’m a BIG fan and have been for a long time. In fact (for those Vancouverites NOT in the know), I play 2nd line grooves with a jazz trio every Saturday at the cool/swanky UVA bar (9-12, NO COVER).

Sometimes we get drummers in there who haven’t played the 2nd Line beats very often and they want some things to listen to. If that’s you, here you go!… more…

Summer 2015

June 20, 2015

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

So I’ve missed a couple Saturdays, big deal. Let’s catch up.

First of all, my trio (w/ Miles Black & Joe Poole) is playing Pyatt Hall this Wednesday, June 24th. It’s a double bill with Jaclyn Guillou (had to check that spelling exactly 5 times) and it promises to be a fun evening in a stunning venue. You can purchase tickets here.

Next up, I won a LEO AWARD last weekend for Best Musical Score for a Short Drama so you must refer to now as “Leo Award Winner James Danderfer“… I don’t make the rules folks, that’s just the way it is. more…

I’ve Been Busy… no, really.

September 29, 2014

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Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, wow, it’s been a busy few months.

Sure, I may have brought the world of jazz education to a standstill by not continuing my “How to Play Jazz” blog series, but… I have exciting news.

Danderfer’s in the film business baby! And like all things Danderfer, more…

School of Danderfer: How to play jazz, part 2

May 11, 2014

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Gather ’round students, the Danderf-edification continues…

Chapt 2: Jazz is a language

The simplest and most accurate way to describe the process of learning jazz is to compare it to learning a language.

So imagine how you’d learn to speak a new language. You’d listen to the language a LOT to get the general sounds, rhythms and phrasing in your ear. Then you’d begin imitating simple words such as “hello” or “thank you” or perhaps a few trusty swear words. Then comes the part where you more…

School of Danderfer: How to play jazz, part 1

May 3, 2014

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Readers, I’m not just a know-it-all, I’m a know-it-all and tell-it-all.

And since I’m coaching jazz combos at the VSO School, I thought maybe I’d codify what I know about learning jazz and share it with the world. So world, if you’re reading (and I assume you are), here’s the 1st installment of What I know about learning to play jazz.

Chapter 1: Welcome

If you’re just getting started then let me be the first to say Welcome to Jazz! The music you’re about to learn is an incredibly more…

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